Attested: Ptolemy 2,3,6 Ουεδρα river mouth
Where: River Wear, which reaches the sea at Sunderland, around NZ4158.
Name Origin: ‘Water’ from PIE *wed-. Ουεδρα is unlikely to have evolved into Wear, which may have descended from another name.
Notes: The Wear was probably an important traffic artery in Roman times, leading to Durham (probably Lugunduno), Chester-le-Street (*Concangis), and Lanchester (Longovicium). No Roman site has yet been identified at Wearmouth, but the name Certisnassa probably belongs there.
Last Edited: 9 June 2016